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A 48-year-old female asked:

Can hip pain be a symptom of herniated disc? i have l 3-4 disc protrusion (per mri) from lifting a heavy object. initially i only had low back and hip pain. over the period of 2 weeks i developed pain down my left leg and into the sole of my left foot.

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Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
The : The spine is made up of bony vertebrae and gel filled disks. The disks act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. The disk is made up of an outer fibrosis shell called the annulus fibrosis and an inner gel called the nucleus pulposus. When the disk is injured the wall of the disk may weaken, break and bulge out. If the gel-like nucleus pulposus breaks partially through the outer annulus fibrosis this is called a disk protrusion. If the disk breaks all the way through the annulus fibrosis this is called a disk herniation. When you initially injured your back the protruded disk caused back pain. The leg pain pain developed when the disk enlarged and pinched the leg nerve causing sciatica. Disk disease can present with back pain, back pain that progresses into leg pain, back and leg pain or just leg pain. The hip pain may be from the herniated disk, but it is commonly from injury to sacroiliac (si) joint or possibly hip done at the same time you injured your disk. This is best determined by a history and examination by a spine doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Shall
42 years experience
Yes: True hip joint pain is felt in the groin and front of the thigh. Pain from the back, either referred or nerve pain, usually goes to the back of the hip or buttock and then down the leg. So it depends on your definition of " hip" pain.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: A lumbar disc protrusion can definitely cause hip and leg pain. There are also many other potential causes including having a bad hip itself. A physical exam can usually determine the cause of your pain. Thank you for the question.
Last updated Jan 25, 2019


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